How many hours of English do students have?
A: In Early Years, students have on average almost 70% of their instruction in English, while in Junior the number is around 50%. In the Middle Years just under 40% of the total, while in IB Diploma the totals range according to the subjects chosen.
Which are the subjects taught in English?
A: In Junior School, the subjects taught in English are English, Science, Religious Studies and Social Studies, and Geography, as part of the subject Enquiry in the International Primary Programme. In Early Years, all the subjects taught in English are integrated. Such integration increases students´ interests with content themes, and therefore, it provides a meaningful basis for understanding and acquiring new language structures and patterns.
In Senior School, the subjects taught in English are: World History, World Geography, Biology, Environmental Systems, Business, Science and English itself, which means that a total of 40% of subjects are taught in English.
What kind of methodology is used by the school?
A: The school uses a variety of methodologies, being Inquiry Based Learning the most significant part of our articulated suite of courses offered by Fieldwork that spans Nursery to Pre–university. This methodology encourages students to research the quality and relationship of phenomena, making sense of their world and putting them in control of their learning. The three Fieldwork programmes have a similar format for their learning processes, which capture children’s attention concerning a certain idea or phenomenon, based on previous knowledge and understanding, drawing together the ideas to produce a big picture. Investigating the idea or phenomenon across the subjects, presenting data and findings, and concluding with individual feedback sessions made by the students for other students or their parents.
The Diploma Programme from the International Baccalaureate Organisation is a highly demanding Academic programme that includes six subject areas, community service, creative action, the study of how we ‘know’ things and the production of a 4,000 word novel investigation.
The Careers Programme is carried out in conjunction with the UPC university who oversee our teaching of university level material concerning Business and Administration, giving them a massive headstart.
Does the school offer the International Baccalaureate?
A: Yes, we became an IB school in 2011, and we offer IB Diploma in grades 10 and 11. Grades from Kinder to Grade 9 follow curricula from Fieldwork providing an international preparation towards the IB Diploma. Additionally, SGC was the second school in all Peru to be accredited to offer the IB Careers Programme in the area of Business and Administration. It gives students the opportunity to study university level courses while at school and gives automatic entry to the UPC and PUCP.
How many hours of English do students have?
A: In Early Years, students have on average almost 60% of their instruction in English, while in Junior the number is around 45%. In the Middle Years just under 40% of the total, while in IB Diploma and Careers Programme the totals range from 18% to 84% according to the subjects chosen.
What additional activities do students have?
A: Depending on the grade, we have a wide range of Co-curricular activities, which in the case of the youngest students, are chosen by the parents. There are sports, art, science, music and cooking activities. In some cases, it is recommended that students from Junior receive academic support classes instead.
Students in Senior have a wide range of activities Tuesdays and Thursdays after school including sports, cultural, artistic options, or just plain having fun.
Are there any agreements for direct entry to university?
A: We are in constant communication with the best universities in Lima. Students receive orientation talks, mock exams and assessment each year. The IB Careers Programme requires very close liaison with the UPC that monitors the quality control of our teaching in that area, and both the UPC and PUCP offer direct entry to graduates of this programme. When students finish school, they are ready to enter the best universities. Additionally, our students have unprecedented levels of information and advice given to orientate them towards the best university available for their career interests.
Are there any other languages taught?
A: At present grades 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 have French as part of their curriculum. The Alliance Française supervises French classes content. When students reach grade 10, they can choose this subject as part of the IB Diploma.
Does the school have any sports teams? In what competitions do they participate? Do they participate in ADECOPA or any similar competitions?
A: We are locally members of ADECOPA (Asociación de Colegios Particulares Amigos), an association of private schools where we participate in several activities and sporting, cultural and academic competitions.
Students with sports skills are selected by coaches and are trained to participate in competitions between member schools. This training takes place when classes finish (3.00 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. in Junior and 3.00 p.m. to 4.20 p.m. in Senior).
We also take part in sports tournaments organised by other schools such as Newton, Markham, and Peruano Británico.
What kind of study visits do the children undertake and what are their objectives?
A: We programme Study Visits according to the syllabus developed by each grade. In Senior, there are field trips according to each grade that take the whole day as well as study trips to other regions of Peru over a three-day period.
The main objective is to promote fieldwork and research across all the subjects and they are programmed starting with the Early Years level.
Are you a secular or a Catholic school?
A: Our school is secular. We have students from a variety of religions, but most of our students are Catholic. Religion classes are in English in the Junior School and they intend to internalize the practice of values in the students’ daily lives. Furthermore, international programmes expect students to know about other religions.
According to the grade, what time do classes start and end?
A: Nursery Start of day 7:45 a.m. End of day 1:00 p.m.
Pre-Kinder Start of day 7:45 a.m. End of day 1:00 p.m.
Kinder Start of day 7:45 a.m. End of day 2:00 p.m.
Grade 1 and Grade 2 Start of day 7:45 a.m. End of day 3:00 p.m.
Grade 3 and Grade 4 Start of day 7:45 a.m. End of day 3:30 p.m.
Grade 5 to Grade 11 Start of day 7:50 a.m. End of day Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 3:00 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:20 p.m.